This weekend we had our local quilt guild quilt show and it was so much fun. I was amazed at the quilts by everyone, but 2 people’s work had me going back to do a double take and in some instances a third glance. I will start with Jim’s Quilt. He is the only man in the guild and does some of the most beautiful work. He and his wife both quilt and make an amazing team.
This was a raw edge applique.
Next person was Kathy. Now Kathy makes miniature quilts. I am going to have her give me some pointers on her secrets.
The quilt at the top is Kathy’s and it measures 11×14 inches.
The two on the left were Kathy’s they are both Log Cabin Quilts. Something to look forward to learning.
Just a few of the others in the show. Was a great time, now my goal is to up my game this year. Try something new and get out of my comfort zone.
What are you doing this week? Today I am planning on getting outside for a little while.
I have been seeing an ad on Facebook to sell your handmade products on Amazon Handmade. We are in the process of updating our Etsy account. I am wondering what is the difference between these two forums. Anyone hear anything about Amazon Handmade. I don’t buy thru Amazon a lot, but I do love their return stores. I just like seeing and touching something before I buy it.
I will be posting more later today. I am going to our Quilt Show in a while to see all and to work for a while. As my grandkids tell me. “I so sited”.
On Monday night I went to quilt guild and learned so much. Our guest speaker was Jodi Barrows. She has developed a easier way to make a a square in a square and other blocks like the Flying Geese. I purchased her ruler and beginner book. She was doing a workshop yesterday teaching these techniques. I had granddaughter yesterday so wasn’t able to attend. Her method in making the square in a square, there is no cutting triangles. Just straight cuts. The magic comes from using the ruler. Check her out on Facebook. https://www.facebook.com/squareinasquare
I do think I will be purchasing the next book in the series. I do plan on making one of her quilts. I will post more about the procedures and ruler. Will let you know how it goes. Tonight I will pick out the fabrics for the quilt. This will be fun.
What will you be doing this week? Will be posting more on the quilt.
My weekend started with Saturday a trip to the zoo with hubby and granddaughter. Now to start this we live by 3 time zones in our house. #1 Hubby time early, not just a little bit but in this case 45 min early. #2 Central Time, what the clock says, and #3 Daughter time. This ranges from on the dot or running late. Now in this case Hubby time won out.
On the 30 minute drive we heard “Are we there yet?” This is how a little girl kills 45 minutes till the place opened up.
We spent 4 hours at the zoo. Saw everything from the Polar Bears, Penguins, to “The biggest Elephants I’ve ever seen in my whole life.” Says the 4 yr. old. We even got a face painting done.
Proud of this little lady. She walked the whole time. We offered to get a wagon and she informed us she was a big girl and didn’t need it. As we left the parking lot the back seat was a lot quieter than it was in the morning. Now we know why.
Freeway was a mess so by time we got home she had had an hour nap and was ready to have fun. Grandma wasn’t so sure so we played in the yard. She had tripped and scrapped the knees so after doctoring them and she told Grandpa.”You have to be careful with me, cuz I’m hurt.” This was fun Saturday.
On Sunday I was going thru a file cabinet that needed cleaning out and found a Wonderful thing. A Sunflower Quilt pattern by Mountain Mist printed in the 1930’s. The paper is so brittle but I want to make this one.
Along with the pattern there were the templates cut from cardboard and even one cut from metal. Will look for the fabric today. So excited.
I hope you had as great of a weekend. Enjoy your Monday.
I have been finishing up a few items I week and don’t have a lot to show for it. For those of you who shop craft fairs or have booths, I have a few questions for you. Even if you don’t do either of these things please give me your input.
As the fairs seem to be getting more competitive we are always looking to add something new while also keeping the more popular items. Which has made me think of how to improve our booth. What I have noticed is NO ONE have bags unless they are the bags from the grocery store. With this in mind I am going to make some fairly good size totes to offer with purchases of x number of dollars or more. We do have smaller bags with our logo on them for the smaller item purchase. We are also offering the lighted bottles this year and have made bottle gift bags for these if anyone wants one with the purchase of the bottles. These items won’t have a large dollar amount tied up in them, it is just a little something extra.
We do have built up a following over the years and send out emails of our upcoming sales and offer a 10% discount when visiting again.
Am I over thinking things and making too much out of it?
Tonight will be finishing up some “Bed Buddies.” They are 9×18 inch tubes filled with rice and lavander. You can put them in the freezer and have an ice pack or microwave and have a heating pad. I have 10 more to make and making some cases for them so when they get dirty they can be washed. We use them all the time.
My head is so full of ideas and not enough of me to make them all at once. I’ve been making lists, but still so many I want to do. Last week I got a Cricut and have been making a lot of things. I showed my bottles and last night I tried it out on fabric. In less than 3 minutes from start to finish (loading the design and last cut) I tried it out on fused fabric.
Two projects in one. Putting elastic on the larger piece for a head band and the little pieces to use on cards or little embellishments on some project.
I can see using this to cut out small pieces of applique .
So many ideas and not enough of me or time. Stay focused Jackie, Stay focused.
Be prepared for some practical jokes tomorrow. Have a great day.
I have been playing with wine bottles, lights, alcohol ink, and vinyls. This has been lots of fun. I still need to practice more before I sell them. This is the first day of trying.
Now here they are lit up.
Not sure if I like the blue bottle very well, but we will see. This is taking me out of my comfort zone as I usually deal in fabric. I do LOVE the Circut tho. This weekend I am going to get a fabric mat and cutter then life will be perfect.